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The new Bridge Dance Complex in downtown Largo is bustling with activity and vibrant young faces. City officials hope that atmosphere will translate to the rest of West Bay Drive as they prepare for a series of projects they say will revitalize the area by making it more attractive, walkable and safer.

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LARGO — Largo Engineering Services will be hosting a community outreach and information meeting about the Rosery Road reconstruction project Thursday, Aug. 29, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 S. Highland Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m.

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LARGO — A project at the wastewater treatment plant that once was estimated to cost $4 million could now cost more than double that, city commissioners learned Aug. 6 during a meeting at City Hall. 

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Jon Weaver’s pinball obsession started early. By the time he was 9 years old, he was busing tables at his father’s restaurant in Indiana. He earned 25 cents for each table he cleared and he used the money to play the pinball machines that stood at the front of the restaurant.

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LARGO — After more than a year of negotiations, the city of Largo and the firefighters union reached a deal on enhanced benefits that both sides say will help improve morale, recruitment and retention problems that have been mounting since the recession. 

The city of Largo only has four code officers who patrol neighborhoods in search of violations. A new initiative intends to increase the number of people on the lookout from four to about 80,000 or so — the population of Largo.

The property tax rate in Largo will decrease after city leaders voted 6-0 on July 19 to set the maximum rate at 5.7 mills. If it remains there or is reduced further is yet to be seen, however, as commissioners weigh whether to move forward with a $3.5 million project to reconstruct the city’s 43-year-old Parks Division building.

In June, members of the Largo-based Tutterow Dance Company traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Imagine Dance Challenge National Championship. 

LARGO — A project to redevelop 7.2 acres of property in northwest Largo into a subdivision of single-family homes and townhomes/villas moved forward July 2 after city leaders signed off on a land-use change for the site at 1756 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

LARGO — Sgt. Ann Starling of the Largo Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit says she’s seen enough injuries and deaths caused by distracted drivers to know that a new law banning texting while driving is a “step in the right direction.”

LARGO — Largo Medical Center is the only hospital in Pinellas County approved by Det Norske Veritas Healthcare Inc. and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implant a device restoring blood flow throughout the body for those with advanced heart failure and for those who have exh…

LARGO — Each year, about 25,000 patrons flood Central Park for the city’s annual July 4th celebration, where they find plenty of food, entertainment and, ultimately, fireworks. This year, there’s one thing they won’t find: single-use plastics.

LARGO — Commission chambers were filled with positive vibes June 18 as the city of Largo welcomed new employees, honored current ones and bid farewell to a staple of City Hall.

City leaders last month rejected a proposal to lower residential speed limits citywide to 25 mph in favor of a new policy addressing concerns on a case-by-case basis. Engineers presented that new traffic calming and speed limit reduction policy to a pleased group of commissioners June 11 during a work session at City Hall.

A groundbreaking for Largo's first mixed-use project, West Bay Lofts, marked a milestone for the city and also brought new hope for the revitalization of its downtown. The $48.8 million project includes a five-story building on the 500 block of West Bay Drive and a three-story building on the 600 block, and city officials hope it will be the catalyst the area needs.

LARGO — Last year, the city was only a veto away from receiving $1 million from the state for its Rosery Road reconstruction project. Therefore, entering this year’s state legislative session, officials were optimistic about the possibility of receiving funding for at least one of its five a…

LARGO — About six months ago, Largo’s Code Enforcement Division rebranded itself as the Community Standards Division in an effort to highlight collaboration with property owners rather than confrontation.

Jayion McCluster has plenty to look forward to in the coming years. The soon-to-be Largo senior is one of the most highly rated inside linebackers in the entire country and announced his commitment to continue his football and academic careers at Florida State University on May 1.

A decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran urged attendees at a Memorial Day ceremony at Largo Central Park to keep fallen Americans in their minds and their families in their hearts. “For their ultimate sacrifice allows us to embrace and to celebrate the freedom we enjoy today,” said Rev. Bob Swick, the keynote speaker at the May 27 event.

LARGO — Largo leaders hit the brakes May 21 on a proposal to lower residential speed limits by 5 mph throughout the city, but they also gave the green light to a new process that would allow the city to tackle neighborhood concerns on a case-by-case basis.

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